Man in mascot costume dies at amusement park in Japan during heatwave

A man dressed in a mascot costume at an amusement park is one of at least 11 people who have died as a result of a heatwave sweeping Japan.

The 28-year-old died from heatstroke on Sunday 28th July in Hirakata Park, Osaka, after dancing for 20 minutes while wearing a 16kg (35lb) outfit.

In response, the park cancelled all events using mascot costumes.

Official figures revealed more than 5,000 people sought hospital treatment due to the heatwave.

According to Kyodo news agency, more than 50% of those hospitalised were aged 65 and over.

Source : BBC News